Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Introduction to the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) presents the Government of Canada’s sustainable development goals and targets, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) adheres to the principles of the FSDS, and while not bound formally by the Act, supports reporting on the implementation of the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

2. Sustainable development at NSERC

NSERC’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions pertinent to this goal. Previous years’ supplementary information tables are posted on the NSERC’s website.

3. Departmental performance by FSDS goal

The following tables provide performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goals listed in section 2.

Context: Low-Carbon Government

Greening Goverment

Low-Carbon Government: The Government of Canada leads by example by making its operations low-carbon
FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting point(s) Performance indicator(s) Target(s) Results achieved Contribution by each departmental result to the FSDS goal and target

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025

Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement

Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls

Update the statement of work/ request for quotes templates to include language referencing environmental consideration

Starting points: 90% in 2018

Target 100% in 2021

Ongoing

Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable in accordance with national policies and priorities

   

Update procurement review checklist to include environmental considerations

Starting points: 90% in 2018

Target 100% in 2020

Ongoing

 
   

Raise awareness on the importance and benefits of green procurement by establishing and incorporating a procurement review function for high value contract to an existing management committee

Starting point: N/A

Target: Add a procurement review function to 1 committee by 2021

Ongoing

 
   

Insert in all contracts a procedure to provide Finance with an electronic copy of invoices instead of a paper copy.

Starting point: 75% in 2018

Target: 100% by 2021

Achieved: 100% (2019-20)

 
   

Provide information to bidders to send Procurement their bids electronically instead of via paper copy

Starting point: 75% in 2018

Target: 100% by 2021

Achieved: 100% (2019-20)

 
   

Accommodation stays will take place in establishments that have a high environmental rating (Three green environmental keys or higher) based on industry recognized tool.

Starting point: 92% in 2018

Target: 98% by 2022

Ongoing

 
   

Percentage of copy paper, commercial printing and/or envelope purchases that contains 100% recycle content and certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production

Starting point: 93% of paper purchases contain 30% recycled content and 70% of paper purchases contain 100% recycled content in 2018

Target: 100% of paper purchases contain 100% recycled content by 2021

Achieved: 100% (2019-20)

 
 

Ensure key officials include contribution to an support for the Government of Canada Policy on Green procurement objectives in their performance evaluations

Percentage of procurement and or materiel management specialist who have completed their Canada School of Public Services Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent

Starting point: 80% in 2018

Target: 100% by 2020

Achieved: 100% (2019-20)

Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable in accordance with national policies and priorities

4. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2019–20 reporting cycle, NSERC had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and no public statements were produced.

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